Telugu Movie Stalwarts Honored With Padma Bhushan Award

Telugu Movie Stalwarts Honored With Padma Bhushan Award

7 Mar 18 @ 11:24 AM

The Telugu Film Industry is one of the most prominent and prolific ones in terms of the number of movies released in India. It has produced some of the iconic personalities the Indian Film Industry has ever seen and will ever see across all the crafts of Cinema from acting, direction to production and music. Here’s a list of Telugu Film Personalities who have been honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Bhushan, which is the third highest civilian award.

  1. Akkineni Nageshwara Rao (1988)

    The thespian who is deemed one of the pillars of Telugu Cinema is the first film personality to be awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2011. Akkineni who has acted in more than 250 films in his illustrious career spanning almost eight decades has won numerous state and national recognitions. He is the first Telugu film personality to be adorned with Padma Bhushan in the year 1988 and also won the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the most prestigious award in Indian Cinema in 1992.
  2. Kongara Jaggaiah (1992)

    This veteran actor of more than 80 films who earned the moniker ‘Kanchu Kantham’ for his baritone voice was conferred with the Padma Bhushan in 1992. Kongara Jagaiah was also active in politics and holds the rare honour of being the first Indian Film Actor to be elected as Member of Parliament. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1967 from Ongole constituency on behalf of the Congress party. He also translated Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's Geetanjali into Telugu titled ‘Ravindra Geetha’.
  3. Bhanumathi Ramakrishna (2001)

    This multifaceted personality who has acted in more than 200 films in Telugu and Tamil has donned many a role ranging from a director, producer, music director, singer, writer to a lyricist. Bhanumathi has received many state and national awards for her contribution to Cinema including the Padma Sri in 1966 and Padma Bhushan in 2001, respectively. Her autobiography in Telugu ‘Nalo Nenu’ was translated into English as ‘Musings’. She has also served as a member of Lalit Kala Academy for 5 years and Sahitya Academy of Andhra Pradesh for a decade.
  4. Chiranjeevi (2006)

    This actor-turned-politician who is one of the most sought-after stars in Tollywood in his prime has been bestowed with various honours and recognitions. During his three-decade long eventful journey in films, Megastar Chiranjeevi has won 9 Filmfare and three Nandi awards among many others. In 2006, he was presented the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award and was also a recipient of the honorary doctorate by the Andhra University in the same year.
  5. P. Susheela (2008)

    The legendary playback singer who predominantly worked in Telugu Cinema has sung more than 40,000 songs in many Indian languages including Sinhalese. In her six decade-long career, she has won 5 National Awards and numerous state and Filmfare awards. The Government of India had awarded the Padma Bhushan to Susheela in January 2008. "Lata of the South", "Melody Queen", "Nightingale of the South, "Gana Kokila", "Gana Saraswathi" are some of the titles bestowed upon her.
  6. Krishna (2009)

    Superstar Krishna who is credited with introducing cowboy genre to Telugu Cinema also brought technological breakthroughs by introducing Eastman color, Cinemascope, 70mm and DTS films in Tollywood. He has established his own production house Padmalaya Film Studios under which he directed 17 films. He was elected as Member of Parliament from Eluru in 1989 on Congress party ticket and was a recipient of the Padma Bhushan in 2009.
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  8. Ilaiyaraja (2010)

    This composer who has scored music for more than 5000 songs in 1000 films is the first Indian to compose a full symphony in London. Ilaiyaraja, who is a gold medalist in classical guitar from Trinity College of Music, London has received various state, national and international awards including four National Awards. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2010 and received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2012. Raja was also voted as the greatest music composer of India in a poll conducted by CNN-IBN.
  9. S. P. Balasubrahmanyam (2011)

    This prolific and versatile singer who holds the Guinness World Record for recording most number of songs has sung more than 40,000 songs in various Indian languages. Balu, who wears many hats of an actor, dubbing artist and producer has won six National Film Awards, 25 Nandi Awards presented by the Government of Andhra Pradesh and had dominated Telugu Cinema for more than three decades. He received the Padma Shri in 2001 and the third highest civilian award Padma Bhushan in 2011.
  10. D. Ramanaidu (2013)

    This renowned producer and Guinness World Record Holder for producing the most number of films by an individual has produced more than 150 films in 13 Indian languages. Ramanaidu won the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the highest award in Indian Cinema and also the highest award in Telugu Cinema, the Raghupati Venkaiah Award. He also received the Best Parliamentarian Award for the services rendered to his constituency Bapatla, during his stint as an MP from 1999 to 2004. He was conferred with The Padma Bhushan Award in 2013 by the Government of India.
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  12. S. Janaki (2013)

    This four-time National Award Winning Singer S. Janaki has sung more than 17,000 songs in all South Indian languages. She has received around 31 State and various other awards for her contribution to Cinema. She was bestowed with the Padma Bhushan award in 2013 by the Government of India but rejected it on the grounds that South Indian artists aren’t given due recognition by the Centre.